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History

St. Joseph Church has a rich history as the first Catholic Church in Shawnee and the second in Johnson County, Kansas by a matter of weeks. At least five generations of Catholics have worshipped here. The photos and timeline below highlight some of the key places and times in our parish life.

History

1868: St. Joseph Church was built on this site. It was the second Catholic Church in Johnson County, KS.

1873: St. Joseph School was built.

1894: Fire destroyed the original Church building. Afterward, services were held in the school.

1906: A new Church building was completed.

1918: The parish rectory was built on the parish block.

1926: A new Church was constructed.

1930: A new rectory was completed (the current rectory building).

1934: St. Joseph High School was established.

1952: A new St. Joseph High School building was completed on campus.

1958: A new grade school was completed. (It is now the Parish Center.)

1967: Plans were approved for a new Church building, which is our current Church. The Knights of Columbus Hall was built this year.

1980: St. Joseph High School became Aquinas High School, on the St. Joseph campus 1980-1988.

2003: A new K-8 Education Center was built on campus.

2005: A new, free-standing Adoration Chapel was built between the Church and Parish Center

History Images